d-flight Portal – Updates and new functions
That the d-flight portal was a boiling pot was not exactly obvious, however there have been two important changes that cannot be ignored. One concerns the new registration mode of the drone and the other the release of a new function the Drone Operation Area. So let’s see in detail what it is.
Drone registration – update
As described in the previous guide article “d-flight – Register your drone (guide)“, the registration of the drone at the d-flight portal consists in summary three steps:
- portal registration,
- drone data entry (drone serial number, radio control serial number, etc.),
- payment with d-coin.
Mandatory insurance for drones
The change consists in having to necessarily enter the data of the insurance policy of your drone in order to complete the registration. This obligation is valid for both leisure and professional drone pilots.
“Before registering the drone you must necessarily take out an RC (damage to third parties) insurance policy for the drone”
to avoid wasting time.
Specifically, the data to be entered must be reported in the form are:
- Insurance company: the name of your insurance company (selectable from the drop-down menu);
- Insurance name (indicates the type): Civil Liability;
- Id-insurance: the code inferable from the policy;
- Insurance expiry date: the date on which the insurance expires (selectable from the drop-down menu).
In hindsight, this “imposition” of the d-flight portal is not entirely senseless, since it allows everyone to fly with more peace of mind but above all to comply with the obligation set out in article 32.1 of the ENAC edition 3 regulation, which entered into effective from December 15th, 2019, which requires mandatory insurance for all types of drones.
How to insure the drone
So before registering the drone, choose the insurance that best suits your operating profile (leisure pilot or professional pilot).
Various only the insurance for drones that allow you to take out policies online as described in the article “Assicurazioni droni-sapr online “.
For further information on drone insurance, I recommend that you also read the article “Drone insurance – obbligation for everyone” from the Blog.
Drone Operation Area – News from the d-flight portal
Alongside the possibility of consulting the maps, a new feature was added to the d-flight portal on 16th June 2020: the Drone Operation Area.
This function, which allows you to enter your own flight missions, also allows you to check if there are other remotely piloted aircraft in the vicinity of your flight area.
A step forward towards safety
The main purpose of the Drone Operation Area is therefore to be able to plan flight missions in a context of real-time situation awareness.
The Drone Oeprtaion Area, in practice, allows the operator to make his / her flight mission visible to others, anonymously and without obligation. In fact, the operator will be able to “draw“, save and activate his VLOS mission (see Drone: Acronyms and terms) and make other operators aware of his presence.
It is clear that this is a significant step forward in the field of flight safety, since the tracking of the mission therefore allows the verification and compliance of the same with respect to the VLOS flight and the requirements of the ATM09 circular and other air rules.
As already mentioned, the use of this functionality is not mandatory, but it is recommended. Furthermore, in order to define a new Drone Operation Area, the operator must delete the previously saved one, which is very logical for the purpose of this functionality (security awareness).
How to define the Drone Operation Area on d-flight
In order to define the Drone Operation Area on the d-flight portal, you must have a registered drone, ready to fly with active QR, obviously an access login.
Once logged in, the creation of the Drone Oepration Area takes place by selecting the cross-shaped icon at the bottom left in the screen.
From here you can then design your Drone Operation Area by setting some data in the panel that will open once the cross icon mentioned above is selected. In particular “Mission details” and ” Area Shape“.
For those who want to use the Drone Operation Area, we recommend reading the blog article “Drone Operation Area – The guide“, which also includes some trips and tricks necessary to correctly set up the Drone Operation Area.
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Last Updated on/Ultimo aggiornamento – 28/07/2020